Monday, 7 July 2008

Wimbledon 2008: Rafa dethrones the King

Last night / early this morning, I witnessed one of the greatest tennis matches between probably who will be, the greatest champions of the modern day tennis era. Rafa beat the FedEx to win his First Wimbledon and in the process derailed Federer's quest for a sixth straight crown.

It was a high voltage match that see-sawed as the champions fought it out, interrupted by rain and hampered by bad-light. In the end, only Rafa stood tall. The FedEx express had been derailed but what a fightback it was for the five time Wimbledon champ after being 2 sets down, he came back to be within two points of another sensational victory when leading 5-4 in the fifth set but Rafa had the nerves to hold him back. Talking about nerves, the FedEx was the ice-man when he hit a backhand winner with Rafa on matchpoint.

Truly, this was one of the most brilliant exhibitions of tennis and while the Federer's 65 match winning streak on grass may have been broken, in his words "Don't write me off". He will be back stronger, faster and more hungry. In fact I feel that he may finally win Rolland Garros next year and stop Rafa from making it a 5P.

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